A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's a significant amount of violence and suggestive material -- background images on some levels include ads for XXX shows, strippers, nearly topless women, etc. Also, strobe-like flashing effects and the style of the animation may be difficult to watch -- parents should read the precautions listed for players prone to seizures.
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What's it about?
VIEWTIFUL JOE infuses comic book storytelling with high-octane action. As the hero, you are Joe, an average guy with a passion for superhero movies and your girlfriend, Sylvia. But one day, fiction becomes reality as Sylvia is kidnapped and pulled through the movie screen into a different reality. Leaping to her rescue, you are pulled into the movie as well. Saving her will not be easy, but you are aided by the training of Joe's favorite hero, Captain Blue, who encourages you to fight for justice and good.
As you progress through the early levels of the game, Captain Blue helps you develop your superhuman powers, called \"VFX\" power. Slow down and speed up time to deliver powerful combinations against your enemies. And there are a lot of enemies -- battles become more and more intense as the game develops. Although the game does utilize puzzles and has some unique ways of involving combat into solving these puzzles, there is a significant amount of fighting.
Is it any good?
The enemies in Viewtiful Joe are distinctly not human, and blood is not a factor. Most enemies appear as half-built robotic creatures; as they are attacked they begin to disintegrate. Parents may want to watch out for the almost subconscious suggestive themes: In the background of the second level are advertisements for strippers and XXX clubs with nearly topless women on billboards.
On a technical level Viewtiful Joe is inventive and classy -- with a unique style of animation and a great soundtrack, Joe looks good and plays well. However, at times the strobe-like flashing effects and the style of the animation may be difficult to watch. The game controls are well thought out and easy to learn, and in-game tutorials help players learn the controls as they play.
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